Published: 17 December 2007
Jean Vanier is the French-Canadian former naval officer and academic
who founded L'Arche, the worldwide organisation of small, homely
communities where men and women with a learning disability live
alongside –- he would rather say "in communion with" -- their carers.
In an age where everyone is entitled to a sexual relationship and where
disabled people, when not aborted before birth, are often vulnerable to
the well-meaning abuse of those who care for them, Vanier's is a